Nickls (2374) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Old BA rate - bottle - thanks jimmack for the generous share)
Finger plus of a pure white foamy head; orangey-yellow color that was mostly clear. Very funky up front, but not totally barnyard; a little tart and fruity as well. Funky and hoppy at the same time; really strong flavors from both those aspects...gotta love the brett prominence in this. Bit earthy and grassy as well. Lighter body; very vibrant, bubbly carbonation. Could not get enough of this.
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle no 05571 2009-1. Pour is light golden with a perfect, yes a perfect head. The head is creamy long lasting with lots and lacing. It has those champagne like bubbles and is simple beautiful; and yes pour this very carefully and very slowly. Smells slightly sweet with a little grass and a mild Brett smell. Feels lite as those delightful bubbles massage the tongue. Taste is a balance of sweet and bitter and just a hint of sour. Crewing brings our citrus, banana and bubble gum esters, and slight bitter sour cherries. This is not big anything, it is a wonderful balance. A great summer beer I hope I can find more.
Leighton (18522) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a modest, fizzy white head. Tart fruit aroma with some spice, funk, wood and barnyard. Lightly sweet flavor with some lemon, then quite tart and sour, with a very crisp, dry finish. Light to medium in body, well carbonated. A wonderful beer. (4.2)
Bottle shared at THE Sour and Saison Tasting - London. Many thanks to the fella who brought this one. Vintage 2009, drank in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy, bright gold with a creamy white head. Big herbal aroma with lots of brett and mild bread. Medium sweet flavor with pale malts, strong and juicy brett, some orange, light alcohol, faint white sugar. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Light dry brett finish, lightly warming, with further herbs, light grass, hints of anise. Quite ballsy but wonderful altogether. (4.1)
Beerdrinker79 (2028) - Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. caged corked bottle vintage 2009-1 #212 of 11925- Pours clear golden (on the first pour) with a huge head, careful pouring this one, you might end up with a whole glass full of foam. Not getting much in the aroma but that is probably because of the massive head on it, kind of like breathing through a pillow I would imagine. The flavor is spicy and yeasty, as well as big banana esters. The aroma (once the head died down) smells like it tastes actually, earthy and yeasty with a tart citrus behind the scenes. Still new to the Saison club, but tastes like some pretty good shit.
crusianbeer (116) - Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from some place in Dallas. Bottle number 08300 batch 2009-1
popped the cork and proceeded to divvy into two large wine glasses. (too many tastings, all I had left) first thing I think is OMG holy head. WAY too carbonated. with an attempt to stifle the head production, it is still 4 times the amount of liquid that enters my glass. And it sticks around... for a looong time. so... 10 minutes later, I am able to taste.
nice floral aroma of some roses lemon, and a mix of sweet feet. Yes I said feet. not too bad for a saison.
taste is very smooth, as expected from this style,with some lemon and rose flavors coming out. very nice, I could drink tis a while. Dont let it get too warm though as it tends to head south. bottle mentions earthiness, but I honestly dont taste it at all. overall a damn good beer. Those that dont typically like Belgians, like me, this is a nice bridge... go find some, it is worth it.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I actually got to have this on tap at the St. Louis Microfest. A brewer from Boulevard was there pouring. I was told that this beer is their Tank 7 that has been bottle conditioned for 3 months on Brett and thats it. Awesome Saison, one of the bests I have ever had!
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch Number 2009-2 / No 06005 of 13400
3/10/2010: Boulevard Saison-Brett... Aroma: Pungent citrusy hops; fruity yeast; hint of mint; only a slight Brett twist. Appearance: Cork shot out with no problem; pours out into glassful of puffy off-white foam; settles down to reveal a sediment-filled golden-colored liquid; torrents of carbonation. Flavor: Moderately sweet; nice citrusy, sharp bitterness; slightly metallic quickly moving to a slight syrup sweetness; interesting fruit nuances (peach, plum, citrus peel); heafty alcohol that works well with the other flavors (still seems much higher than 8.5%). Palate: Medium-body; good level of carbonation. Overall: Very nice beer; very good overall.
1 pint .94 fluid ounce corked and caged bottle (8.5% ALC/VOL) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #370 for this beer.
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a hazy orange color with large white head. The beer was a mini-gusher. The aroma is strong brett with some citrus. The flavor is yeast, brett, citrus hops and a medium hop bitterness. High carbonation and medium, soft mouthfeel. A very nice beer that is a great example of what brettanomyces tastes like in a beer.
eyelovebeer (14) - Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Gomer’s Liquors in Lee’s Summit, MO. Pours a golden color with a big white head. Aroma is funky, as expected. Amazing bready flavor, get some citrus in there too, My fave saison.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 750ml, corked & caged bottle, from argonaut liquors in denver. batch #2 of 2009, bottle #1049/134000. opens with a massive cork pop and pours a clear, straw-gold, with a huge, rocky, bright white head that lasts for eternity. aroma is excellent with big fruity notes of lemon zest, pineapple, tart apricot, and orange peel backed by big, bretty funk, dry cedar, barnyard, and hints of white pepper, coriander, and sweet, belgian yeast with a touch of old perfume. honestly, if there was ever a "belgian-ipa" nose, this would be it! flavor is great as well with the funky, dry, brett notes taking over initially but slowly transitioning to tart citrus and pear fruit notes with a wave of belgian spices and finishing with bitter, dry, dusty hops. palate is medium bodied and beautifully carbonated with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and no trace of alcohol. overall, absolutely the best saison i’ve tasted and should be the benchmark for all of the "belgian-ipa" hybrids out there. bravo.